The Foundation Jacques Rougerie Space and Ocean Generation Awards


? Give rise to vocations internationally and on the long term, but also encourage dreams.

? Encourage architectural and technological innovation, like any new design related to the fields of sea and space and according to the precepts of sustainable development.

? Promote awareness advocacy and action by all to create a new relationship between man and his natural environment.

? Provide young generations with the means to act so that they could, tomorrow, build a living environment that takes in account and values the wealth of the planet.


The Foundation’s Awards aim to encourage young inventors, architects, engineers and designers to assert their vocation and realize their dreams.

Each year, an international competition is launched among schools of architecture, design and engineering. The call for applications is an extraordinary opportunity to raise thousands of students around the world.


It is important to reward creativity, but it is also essential to provide the means to develop it:

The Foundation encourages interaction between candidates, sponsors and the Foundation’s network. It promotes the synergy of know-how to make concrete progress. It integrates the winners within a constructive dynamic, to share their dreams and encourage them to go further.

The Foundation aims to build an international and interdisciplinary community, which goes beyond the scope of the winning projects and individual talents. The participation of the winners in this network will be a unique asset in the development of their careers.


Raise public awareness with conferences:

•Solicited around the world, Jacques Rougerie raises awareness about the new relationship to be establish between Man and the Sea, explaining how "living under the sea" represents a chance for humanity.

•This concept is relayed by other experts, including astronauts, who draw a parallel link between living under the sea and living in space and emphasize the technological challenges of space and sea exploration.

•The winners of the Foundation Awards will also contribute to this communication with other students.


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A visionary architect born in 1945, Jacques Rougerie entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1964 in the Auguste Perret workshop led by Paul Maymont. Fascinated by the adventure of Cousteau and the first underwater houses, he undertook a course of study at the Oceanographic Institute of Paris in 1970, joining at the same time the University of Vincennes for Urban Planning and the School of Arts and Crafts under the direction of Jean Prouvé. Pursuing his two passions, he travels the world in the footsteps of the sea communities to study their ethno sociological traditions, visiting the most advanced countries in the field of offshore technologies.
A DPLG architect in 1972, he devoted himself, at first, to develop projects specifically sea orientated. He created the Centre for Architecture for sea and space in 1974 before founding the Jacques Rougerie Architects Associates Agency. Jacques Rougerie dedicates considerable time to his teaching activities in France and abroad. Awarded by the International Union of Architects in 1981, he was elected in 2008 at the Institut de France - Academy of Fine Arts.

Among his accomplishments: the underwater houses Galatea (1977), Hippocampus (1981) and soon Seaspace, all of them dreamed, designed and tested by the architect himself. 2013 will see the completion of one of his flagship projects, the drifting vessel SeaOrbiter, which represents the culmination of thirty years of research around bionic architecture.

 JRJacques Rougerie : an architect with a strong passion for sea and space                           

In the areas of education and culture for the discovery of the marine realm, Jacques Rougerie has also built the Pavilion of the sea in Kobe, Japan (1981), Nausicaa National Sea Centre in Boulogne sur Mer (1990 - 2000), and Océanopolis in Brest (1991-2000). Within space he created the satellite of the Symphony for the Earth (1986) and the Solar Sailing Spacecraft (1989). He is currently working on several major projects including the Caribbean Sea Centre, Martinique (Achievements 2014), and the Museum of Underwater Archeology of Alexandria (Egypt 2015)... (

Worthy descendant of Captain Nemo and his creator Jules Verne, Jacques Rougerie is above all a passionate of the human adventure. He has always been inspired by the imagination of the great writer from whom he draws his fervor and his faith in the future and has adopted his maxim:

«Anything one man can imagine, other men can make it real».


Some illustrations from the Awarded projects:



Project: MORPHotel

Floating hotel able to move itself around the world and whose structure adapts to weather conditions as well as the environment in which it evolves.
Team: Gianluca Santosuosso
Country: Italy


 Project: Jelly Filter Floating recovery plant able to recycle plastic waste into plastic bricks for green building. 

Team: Thérence Jourson
Country: France



Project: Thalassophilantropy   -   Rethinking urban development in the seaside cities.
Team: Koen Olthuis / Mahtab Akhavan / Laura Weiss / Alexandre Voegelé
Countries: Netherlands, Iran, France, Spain